GAO Report Reaffirms Decision to Add Cancers to List of Illnesses Covered under the Zadroga Act, Parker Waichman LLP Comments

A report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) supports the decision to add cancers to the list of illnesses covered by the World Trade Center Health program. Parker Waichman LLP has been fighting for the rights of WTC victims for years, and has always supported this decision.

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“Since the beginning, our firm has been fighting for the rights of WTC heroes and their families,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP.

Port Washington, New York (PRWEB) August 28, 2014

Parker Waichman LLP, a national personal injury law firm that has spent many years fighting to ensure that the heroes of 9/11 are never forgotten, comments that the decision to provide coverage to WTC victims who developed 9/11-related cancer was reaffirmed by a report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). According to a statement issued by 9/11 Health Watch on August 25th, the report is entitled “World Trade Center Health Program: Approach Used to Add Cancers to List of Covered Conditions was Reasonable, but Could be Improved.”

According to the 9/11 Health Watch statement, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was passed in 2010; this established the WTC Health Program to provide compensation to WTC first responders and rescue workers who became ill due to Ground Zero exposure. The decision to add cancers to the list of covered illnesses was made by Dr. John Howard, the World Trade Center Health Program Administrator. Senator Tom Coburn opposed passage of the Zadroga Act and asked for the GAO to assess the decision to add cancer to the list of eligible conditions.

The report reaffirms Dr. Howard’s decision. In a summary of the report, the GAO stated that “The Administrator’s approach used four methods to determine whether there was an association between a September 11 exposure and a specific cancer, and thus, whether to add that cancer to the list. The experts considered the approach reasonable given the WTCHP certification process for enrollees to obtain coverage for treatment for a condition on the list, the lack of data related to exposure levels and risks, and the use of similar approaches by previous federal compensation programs.”

According to Parker Waichman LLP, it is necessary for many different types of cancers to be covered under the Zadroga Act. “Since the beginning, our firm has been fighting for the rights of WTC heroes and their families,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. “As 9/11 Health Watch pointed out, the GAO report supports the decision to include cancer under the list of eligible illnesses.”

WTC rescue workers should be aware of important Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) deadlines that are quickly approaching. By October 12, 2014 claimants who were diagnosed with an eligible cancer on or before October 12, 2012 must register. As 9/11 Health Watch points out, registering is not the same as filing a claim; it simply preserves an individual’s right to file a claim in the future.

Parker Waichman LLP, which worked alongside Ground Zero first responders and their advocates to ensure passage of the Zadroga Act, vows to continue its efforts to ensure these heroes receive all of the Zadroga Act compensation they need and deserve.

If you or a loved one are eligible for compensation under the Zadroga Act, and would like assistance with your claim, please visit Parker Waichman's Zadroga Act claims page at yourlawyer.com or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).


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